All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Dietary Guidelines Edition


It may seems like the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend the best combination of protein, grains, and produce, to keep you healthy, fit, and free of disease, are set in stone. But they’re actually revised every five years by a panel of nutrition scientists—and because the guidelines impact billion-dollar government programs like school and military… Read More

Building Community, One Bowl of Soup at a Time

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Growing up in Solvang, California, otherwise known as the “Danish Capital of America,” I had a lot of exposure to Danish culture—slinging butter cookies and kringles at a Danish bakery, eating open-faced sandwiches on pumpernickel, learning to folk dance, and getting familiar with aquavit. But the thing that has stuck with me most over the… Read More

Is the Strawberry Field The Next Farmworkers’ Rights Battleground?

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For many, a red, ripe strawberry elicits sweet memories of sunshine, summer, and childhood.

Glorietta, a strawberry picker in California, has quite a different relationship with the fruit. Hunched over picking for up to 10 hours a day for a mid-sized commercial grower, Glorietta—who asked that we not use her real name for fear of retaliation—says her body hurts all the time. She says the farm’s foreman constantly berates her and the other farmworkers. And she says the farm often fails to pay her adequately for the hours she works. Read More

Can the Country’s First Junk Food Tax Reduce Obesity and Diabetes on the Navajo Nation?


On long drives across the Navajo Nation, a remote and, unpaved territory spanning 27,000 square miles and three states, procuring healthy food is nearly impossible.

“Our communities are food deserts,” says Janene Yazzie, who recently moved from New York, back home to Lupton, Arizona. While she and her husband led health conscious lives on the East Coast, it has been impossible on the reservation. The closest Safeway is in Gallup, 22 miles away. So, like many of the 200,000 people who call the reservation home, the family must rely on local gas stations or a general store, where a frozen pizza might cost a couple of dollars, but a bag of apples runs upwards of $6.50. Read More

Royal Visit Spotlights Kentucky Food Literacy Project

The Food Literacy Project, courtesy of Blissful Souls Photography.

When the call came from the British Embassy, Melissa Kratzer was surprised. Would the Kentucky-based Food Literacy Project want to host Camilla, wife of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the embassy wanted to know. As a small grassroots nonprofit dedicated to educating young people about healthy food, Kratzer says, the group has never gotten a lot of celebrity attention. “We were blown away,” she recalls. Read More

Dietitians Fight Kraft Singles’ ‘Kids Eat Right’ Seal

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Earlier this month, The New York Times reported on a new collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and Kraft Foods. According to the article, Kraft Singles will soon begin carrying a nutrition seal that reads “Kids Eat Right” from AND on its packaging. While Kraft told the Times that the Academy had endorsed the product, the Academy “emphatically denied” the endorsement, saying instead that it was using the seal “drive broader visibility to,” a website the organization created to be “a trusted educational resource for consumers.” Read More

All the News That’s Fit to Eat: California’s Disappearing Water, Arsenic in Wine, and Huge Mac and Cheese Recall

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Ripples of panic spread through California after last week’s op-ed in the Los Angeles Times reminded us that the state only has about one year of surface water left. The article’s author, Jay Famiglietti, is a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech, and in a good position to offer some realistic solutions to California’s persistent drought, now in the fourth year of a dry spell that could extend for years or even decades. Proposed solutions included mandatory rationing and accelerated implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, which will eventually regulate the use of the state’s dwindling groundwater. Read More